Jim Harbaugh: Missing out on Luke Kuechly at Stanford ‘tragic’

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comJanuary 8, 2014 

— Before becoming the San Francisco 49ers’ coach, Jim Harbaugh had great success as Stanford’s coach. But he failed to sign a bookworm linebacker out of Ohio who could have made a big difference.

Harbaugh calls missing out on that linebacker – now Panthers star Luke Kuechly – “tragic.”

“Everything was great out there, but it felt so far away,” Kuechly told Bay Area media Wednesday of choosing Boston College over the Cardinal. “They always say a plane flight is a plane flight, but it was a long plane flight. My parents wouldn’t be able to get to many games. At (Boston College) on the East Coast they were able to get to a lot of games in the ACC. The distance more than anything was the deal.”

Kuechly said the next time he met Harbaugh – at the NFL scouting combine – of course Harbaugh razzed him a little about choosing the Eagles “but it was all in fun.”

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